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Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2021

This month I read a total of 12 books! I was a bit distracted by video games this month, so my number isn’t as high as my previous months. It is still a lot though, so I am satisfied 🙂

While I am aiming for 150 books this year, I am also aiming to diversify my reading. I am trying to break into genres I don’t typically gravitate toward. I am hoping to read more non-fiction and classics. And, as always, I am taking part in several reading challenges.

Let’s get into it!


Books I Read:

There There by Tommy Orange (2.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book by an Indigenous author); Read Harder Challenge (Read a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author); A to Z Challenge (T)

Soul of Stars (Heart of Iron #2) by Ashley Poston (4 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (Your favorite prompt from a past PopSugar Challenge – A book set in space)

Spoiler Alert (Spoiler Alert #1) by Olivia Dade (4.5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book that discusses body positivity); Read Harder Challenge (Read a fat-positive romance); The Unread Shelf Challenge (A book bought because of the hype)

A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1) by Sherry Thomas (4 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place or thing – Taylor); Little Inklings Challenge (A book recommended by a friend)

You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson (4 Stars) (review to come soon) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: Read Harder Challenge (Read an own voices YA with a Black main character that isn’t about Black pain)

Parable of the Sower (Earthseed #1) by Octavia E. Butler (3 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (An Afrofuturist book)

The Fine Line Between Love and Hate by Short-circuit-Soulmate (4 Stars) ~ e-book

~Reading Challenges: Read Harder Challenge (Read a fanfic)

The Dream Guy Next Door (The Guys Who Got Away #4) by Lauren Blakely (3.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: none

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1) by Agatha Christie (4 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A locked-room mystery)

How to Build Meaningful Relationships Through Conversations by Carol Ann Lloyd (3 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: Reading Rainbow Challenge (Green)

The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff (3.5 Stars) (review to come soon) ~ e-book

~Reading Challenges: On the Cover Challenge (A shoe)

Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (4 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: Read Harder Challenge (Read a children’s book that centers on a disabled character but not their disability)

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Format: ……………………………………………..Reading Challenges:

Physical Books: 3                                    PopSugar Challenge: 37/50

E-Books: 2                                                Read Harder Challenge: 14/24

Audiobooks: 7                                         The Unread Shelf Challenge: 4/12

Non-fiction: 1                                          Little Inklings Challenge: 22/26

.                                                                  On the Cover: 9/10

.                                                                  Reading Rainbow: 9/10

.                                                                  A to Z Challenge: 18/26

.                                                                  Goodreads Challenge: 61/150  

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Star Ratings

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Zero

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2: One (Spoiler Alert)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Six (Soul of Stars, A Study in Scarlet Women, You Should See Me In A Crown, The Fine Line Between Love and Hate, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Counting By 7s)

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2: Two (The Dream Guy Next Door, The Woman With The Blue Star)

⭐️⭐️⭐️: Two (Parable of the Sower, How to Build Meaningful Relationships Through Conversations)

⭐️⭐️1/2: One (There There)

⭐️⭐️: Zero

⭐️1/2: Zero

⭐️: Zero


Things I Posted:

Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2021 ~ Book Review: The Disability Experience

I dropped off again this month. I really do want to get better about staying consistent. *Does anyone have any tips for me about how to go about that?*


Getting Personal:

This was an interesting month. A lot happened, and I didn’t get as much reading done as in previous months. Here are the hilights:

*My daughter got croup, so we had to miss our family Easter celebration (this also included a visit to an emergency clinic that was terrifying, but ended well)

*I finally got diagnosed with something that explains my chronic pain over the past 10 years. They think I have fibromyalgia. I am currently on medication and am going back to the rheumatologist in six weeks so they can see if it is helping and then make a definitive diagnosis. It’s so nice to finally have a name to put to this, and not feel like I’m going slowly insane or imagining it.

*My daughter also got an ear infection this month. She is generally a really healthy child, so April was super rough on us as far as sickness goes.

*I got to start seeing old friends again, as well as try to make new ones. Being fully vaccinated means that I feel more safe going out to restaurants and coffee shops now, but I am still being cautious and aware of my surroundings regardless, and wearing a mask whenever possible.

*I’ve been playing a ton, and I mean a TON, of Skyrim this month haha (hence, the lower number of books read)


My May TBR Pile:

Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

The Night Country by Melissa Albert

Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst


How many books did you read this month? Have you read any of the books I read? Are you participating in any reading challenges? What about the books on my TBR for May? Let me know down in the comments! 

Interested in my monthly wrap-up for March? Check it out here!


Love and happy reading,

Whitney

Author:

Hello!! My name is Whitney, and I love books! I spend a huge amount of time reading (way more time than I should, if we are being perfectly honest!) I am currently working as a library page at a branch of my local public library. I live in Texas with my husband, daughter, and my dogs, who are a total mess and generally are my reading buddies. I also love to sing, hike, play The Sims, watch tons of YouTube videos, and drink creamy tea and coffee.

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